Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball


Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball opens a ghoulishly good series for newer independent readers, and fans of great graphic novels. Amelia is delighted that she will not be the only child to attend her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball at Fang Mansions. However when she meets her ‘playmate’,  Prince Tagine, son of her father’s long- lost friend, King Vladimir, she is less enamoured. Tagine is rude, spoiled and cruel. Not only does he insult Amelia’s friend Florence, kick glitter upon her mother’s most elegant gown, eat the entire dinner menu, but seizes Amelia’s pet pumpkin! It seems that the prince’s royal position means nobody can curb his wilful behaviour. Certainly his father seems almost unaware of his titchy son. What is going on?

Amelia and her friends determine to rescue Squashy the pumpkin and put Tagine in his place. In doing so might they shed some (day) light on his situation? Could it be a fair(l)y obvious concern, something that might result from his mother’s rumoured disappearance?

Gorgeous, funny illustrations, along with very satisfying word play, within wonderful storytelling, ensure Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball is a tip-top choice! Bookwagon looks forward to readers enjoying this title, along with its successors!

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Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

Laura Ellen Anderson


Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball opens a fang-tactic series for newer independent readers. Prince Tagine’s attendance at Amelia’s family’s annual Barbaric Ball means she will not be the only child. However, the titchy prince, son and heir to King Vladimir and new school arrival, behaves appallingly.  As the Prince’s school buddy, Amelia must tolerate his spoiled ways. The situation worsens when the Prince and his father, King Vladimir, are special guests at Fang Mansion, ahead of the ball. Tagine demands various precious items within Amelia’s home and eats a ‘whole platter of Curiously Crusty Crabs, Assorted Scabs and Severed Fingers on Sticks‘. Thereafter he demands to take Squashy, Amelia’s beloved pumpkin friend as his own.
Amelia and her friends, Florence Spudwick and Grimaldi Reaperton, are determined to rescue Squashy. Yet, in doing so, could they discover the reasons behind Tangine’s behaviour? Furthermore might this have something to do with his father’s absent behaviour and mother’s disappearance. There’s something glittery afoot!
While the series has (night) shades of Malice in Underlandand Harriet Whitehorn’s Violet books. Laura Ellen Anderson’s graphic skills offer something unique. There is crafty storytelling in her penmanship that elevate her witty text and nocturnal setting. This makes Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball a very satisfying, funny and curious opening title to a wonderful series.



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